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A '''toaster''', or a toast maker, is an electric small appliance
designed to browning (food process)|brown sliced bread
by exposing it to radiant heat
, thus converting it into toast
. Toasters can toast multiple types of sliced bread
products. Invented in Scotland in 1893, it was developed over the years, with the introduction of an automatic mechanism to stop the toasting and pop the slices up.
The most common household toasting appliances are the pop-up toaster and the toaster oven. Bread slices are inserted into slots in the top of a pop-up toaster, which make toast from bread in one to three minutes by using electric heating element
s. Toasters have a control to adjust how much the appliance toasts the bread. Toaster ovens have a hinged door in the front that opens to allow food items to be placed on a rack, which has heat...